The Big Sea

Langston Hughes, born in 1902, came of age early in the 1920s. In The Big Sea he recounts those memorable years in the two great playgrounds of the decade – Harlem and Paris. In Paris he was a cook and waiter in nightclubs. He knew the musicians and dancers, the drunks and dope fiends. In Harlem he was a rising young poet – at the center of the Harlem Renaissance.

Hughes’ biographer Arnold Rampersad stated that the Harlem Renaissance section of The Big Sea, would “never be surpassed as an original source of insight and information on the age.”

Langston Hughes’ second autobiography I Wonder as I Wander, was published in 1956, which follows Hughes through the 1930s.

Title: The Big Sea
Published: 1940
Genre: Autobiography